As we noted on the front page of this website, this hops variety trial is funded by the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. This program serves to "enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops". The grant is administered by each state department of agriculture, as ours was through the Wyoming Department of Agriculture. Here's the current grant program information. We submitted a proposal for the grant in April of 2014, then a full application in June of 2014. The grant provides funding for two variety trials in the region as well as meetings associated with potential growers and other interested parties. We couldn't be more excited for this opportunity to research this crop here in the Bighorn Basin!